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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

Fall migration is over, but you can still see some pretty cool birds around if you know where to look. One popular birding area is along the Yukon River near the Rotary Centennial Bridge. The open water here attracts a wide array of species, and... more

Nov 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Town of Faro

“They're a much more delicate bird, compared to the swans,” says Carrie McClelland, a wildlife viewing biologist with Environment Yukon. “They stand three and a half to four feet tall, with a six foot wingspan, but they only weigh around seven or... more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-03-08, Screenshot: Jennifer Trapnell

I’ve joined her in a Riverdale neighbourhood in search of a rare Mountain chickadee. The first species we see, however, is a noisy woodpecker, a “Hairy.” Whitehorse resident Tracy Allard brings out her smartphone and taps an app called eBird to... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Gerry Whitley

Mary Whitley felt surprise and compassion when she saw a robin perched in a tree in her Hillcrest yard on December 9th. It was -19ºC — and a strange place for a bird that heralds Yukon spring. Her husband saw it first. “He looked out the window... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

A happy melodic song rings along the Yukon River below the dam, and you imagine it’s a pretty little bird singing in a tree. But it’s 10 below. Then you notice a small chubby bird, coloured like slate, sitting on boulders near the rushing water... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Keith Williams

We’re getting ready for winter and so are the birds. They’re chirping and feeding everywhere and the sky is alive with flocks of all kinds. It’s so busy one of Yukon’s most avid birders, Tracey Allard, says fall can seem like spring for a few weeks. more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: Ben Schonewille

In summer, birding is all about the kids. Or, chicks. After the spring blitz of migration and mating, many birds are rearing offspring and staying closer to their nests. It’s a time when many Yukoners stop birding. “Our forests are usually more... more

Jul 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

Looking for a memorable northern road trip? The 17th annual Tombstone Weekend on the Wing (WOW) offers three days of fabulous hiking, a birding festival and interpretive events for all ages. The weekend of free events takes place June 3 to 5 and... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-04-28, PHOTO: Shyloh van Delft

Of all the birds of the forest, the chickadee is my favourite. Growing up in Nova Scotia, it was one of the first birds I knew. My family had a cottage in the forest on the shore of St. Margaret’s Bay, outside Halifax. The black caps regularly... more

Apr 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

“Last year was a big year,” says Scott Cameron, Environment Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Technician. “We were up to 2,000 swans every day for a few days.” The height, he says, was April 9, when 2,200 were counted out on M’Clintock Bay. Typically that... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: kozzi.com

Back in the early 1960s, I spent a couple of years banding waterfowl in one of the newly-created marshes of the hydro project in Lake St. Lawrence, just west of Cornwall, Ontario. This is when I really got the opportunity to know the many features... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Jennifer Trapnell

There's nothing like a bird count to inspire new and seasoned birders. This Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Feb. 12-15 and it’s a family-friendly event for any skill level. The GBBC helps to give a snapshot of bird life throughout... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: Shyloh van Delft

Yes, baby, it’s cold outside. But birding can get you out of the house, connect you with nature, and other people. During December’s Christmas bird counts – an annual winter birding tradition - hundreds of participants recorded birds in... more

Jan 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTOS: Joe Ordonez

Every November up to 3,600 eagles gather in one place: the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines, Alaska. It is the largest gathering of eagles on earth. The Preserve holds unique conditions for these magnificent birds: Sections of the Chilkat... more

Jan 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2015-05-28 PHOTO: courtesy of Jennifer Trapnell

There are 284 bird species recorded in Yukon. This weekend is your chance to count as many as you can. The Yukon Birdathon is designed to get you out birding, and raise funds for bird conservation. Held the last weekend in May, the goal is to... more

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2015-04-30 PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Government

The thermals above the town of Faro may account for the “tens of thousands” of sand hill cranes that fly above it each spring. Or so Rose Fulton speculates. Fulton works for the town, and is the Faro Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival coordinator. more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: courtesy of Jennifer Trapnell

Yukon birds, and its birding community, have lost a true friend. When he died last month, at 74, Helmut Grünberg had spent over 40 years promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Yukon's bird life. He found his way to Whitehorse in ... more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

It’s a season of traditions, and for thousands of Canadians this means taking part in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Called the “longest-running science project in the world” by the Audubon Society, this annual winter event — the 115th more

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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August 7, 2014 Issue

My lack of birding skills used to be a secret shame. When it did come out, it was with an embarrassed acknowledgment that despite a background in biology and an intense love of nature, I was at best a "crap birder". more

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

April marks the glorious return of thousands of swans to the M'Clintock Bay area of Marsh Lake. This year is particularly special because it marks the 20th anniversary of Swan Haven Interpretive Centre, the facility that has been designed to more

Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM Marsh Lake